Is Your Workout Working

July marks the mid-year point that causes us to pause and reevaluate our workout commitments.

Are you where you want to be?

Here are some tips  to help you stay motivated to rethink and  make it through your workouts.

  • Think back on why you started in the first place and the results you wanted

  • Ask yourself if you really want to start all over again because you slacked off on your workouts.

  • Ask yourself if you’ll regret in any way not working out. Feeling good about what you do is important.

  • Try a variety of workouts to achieve results and avoid boredom.

  • Take Group fitness classes to keep motivated. Look forward to seeing the other participants and instructor. The energy of the group can keep you going in the moments that you want to quit.

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Tell us how do you stay motivated to exercise and how do you  make it through tough workouts?


Wunda Chair Benefits

P/oP Wunda Chair Benefits

One may assume that the Wunda chair got its name because it works wonders.

At P/oP we believe that it does!

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 The Wunda chair is often used for simple strength and balance exercises or for a medium to advanced range workout. 

** Enjoy these benefits from a Wunda Chair routine:

Stretching on the Wunda chair helps increase your range of motion, improve your flexibility and decrease tension in your whole body.

Wunda chair exercises using the feet help strengthen the legs and ankles while also working your core.

The Wunda chair can help you build strength in your arms and chest.

Specific moves on the Wunda chair offer an intense, challenging workout for your core abdominal area.


A Wunda chair class is a great addition to your exercise routine.

**check with your pilates instructor about adding the chair to your routine


Spring Into Action

Tuesday Jump Class with Toni at noon

Get your heart rate going and get ready to move.

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Jump boards and trampolines attached to reformers transform your Pilates workout into a jumping cardio workout. Jumping horizontally against the springs, rather than fighting gravity, provides low impact to joints while using your core to stabilize the body.

This is a 40-minute class. $25.00


Eat Berries for Breakfast

Berries are an incredible food, rich in nutrients for our brain, our digestion, and they’re disease-preventative.

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They’re also a fresh source of produce and keep us fuller than processed cereals with dried fruits. Add 1/2 cup of your choice frozen or fresh berries to either a smoothie, oatmeal, or just have some with some unsweetened coconut yogurt and a little chia or flax seeds.

Berries are also a great source of vitamin C to kickstart your immune system.

Foot Health: Don't Tiptoe Around its Importance

We all know how to keep our biceps in shape, but few of us know how to keep feet and toes in good condition.

They take significant abuse from the hours we spend on our feet each day.  

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) considers your feet a marvel of engineering.  Together, your two feet contain more than 50 bones, accounting for about one-fourth of all the bones in your body. And somehow they also make room for more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and help them move.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society recommends doing these simple exercises to strengthen toes and prevent foot discomfort.

All shoe wearers will benefit from these exercises.


Toe raise, point and curl:

Hold each position for five seconds and repeat 10 times. Great if you suffer from toe cramps.

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Golf ball roll:

Roll a golf ball under the ball of the foot for two minutes.
This is a great massage for the bottom of the foot and is recommended for people
with plantar fasciitis (heel pain), arch strain or foot cramps.

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Towel curls

Place a small towel on the floor and curl it toward you using only your toes.
You can increase the resistance by putting a weight on the end of the towel.
Relax and repeat this exercise five times.

Try these exercises recommendations the next time your feet cry mutiny.

You’ll soon be stepping lively again!

For more information on foot health go to:


Yamuna Body Rolling is coming to P/oP

Our very own Pilates Instructor Abby Hanson

has recently been certified in Yamuna and will be teaching classes here at Pilates of Pasadena.  

What is Yamuna Body Rolling? 

  • YBR is a ball rolling therapy that combines the release of massage with the strengthening and toning of exercise, providing an effortless workout and a deep stretch. 

  • The balls apply traction that frees up connective tissue, reeducates muscles, stimulates bones, and leads to fully releasing negative holding patterns in the body.  

  • YBR heals deep body problems at the same time that help you get in shape.  In the traditional class format YBR uses balls to lengthen muscle, stimulate bone and open up joints for a healthier more sustainable happy body. 

If you have ever used a foam roller for self healing, think about how much more specific you can get with a ball!  The balls also offer a different density than the foam rollers and many people find them to be more effective for release technique.

Private lessons can also accomplish deep tissue release and can be personalized to target habitual body patterns.

Its fun and compliments the Pilates traditional program.

Please look for classes in June.  Private lessons will also be available.  

To find out more about Abby Hanson Click on Our Story or go to go to


This Mat Class is Not to be Missed....

Mat Class presented


Meredith Rogers, visiting Faculty BASI Sr. Instructor

Sunday, May 6, 2018

9am - 11am

Open to everyone!

(75 minute class with a Q & A) - $40

11:30am - 4:30pm Private sessions, $110 (SOLD OUT), 1 group class $40


990 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA  91105

We hope you will take advantage of this top-notch Pilates line up and join us!


Quick Balance Test

To evaluate your own balance...

  1. Stand up and imagine you're going to walk forward on a straight line, placing one foot directly in front of the other so that the heel of your front foot touches the toes of your back foot.

  2. Keep both feet flat on the floor.

  3. Hold that position and close your eyes.

If you can maintain your balance for 30 seconds, you are doing pretty well. Congrats!

If you are wobbling just about as soon as you close your eyes—or before—your balance is poor.

If you did not perform as well as you thought you should, it's OK.

Let’s work on this together!

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Join  P/oP on Sunday at 9:30 am for Dorothy's

Sculpt, Tone and Balance group class with props. 

Text 626-818-0241 or Email to reserve a spot.

Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class: $20

Exciting New Mat Class Coming to Pilates of Pasadena

Sunday, May 6, 2018

9am - 11pm

Mat Group Class 

Presented by visiting BASI Sr. Faculty Member, Meredith Rogers

(75 minute class with a Q & A) - $40

We hope you will take advantage of this top-notch Pilates line up and join us!

To register for this Mat class: 

Email or

or call Jeanne King at (818) 434.9180

Please note:  The 11:30am - 4:30pm $110. Private session segments, are SOLD OUT.



Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class

Join Dorothy Waterman

for a

Group Sculpt, Tone and Balance class with Props

Sunday morning ~ April 7 at 9:30am

Text 626-818-0241 or Email to reserve a spot.

Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class: $20

Dorthy Waterman, Instructor

Dorothy Waterman has been a health and fitness professional since 1991.  A lifelong athlete and dancer, she finds herself most comfortable engaging in many forms of healthy activities including dance, weight lifting, biking, swimming, running and group exercise.

Dorothy has certifications in personal fitness training, Zumba, group exercise, senior fitness, Pilates, restorative yoga, and laughter yoga.  She trains individuals ranging in age from 40 to 95 in healthy body movement and leads group exercise classes from Zumba to Pilates to water aerobics.

 In her pursuit of personal growth and healing, Dorothy has discovered that the healing power of laughter can be nearly as effective a mood elevator as a 5k run. Plus it’s a lot easier on the joints.